Remember when the Sony PlayStation brand used to mean something? Yeah, was a long ass time ago.
As the saying goes, history repeats itself. He was once on top is eventually no longer not, and the same holds true for in video games. Nintendo was once the king of the mountain, during the 8bit era, until laziness and arrogance got the best of them. Sega then took their spot during the 16bit days, but they too got lazy and egotistical.
Next in line was Sony, who managed to rule two entire generations of gaming in a row, with the PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2. But what about these days? Microsoft took the HD lead with their Xbox 360, with Nintendo making a comeback with the Wii U. And, as we enter yet another holiday season, one has to ask: what does Sony have up their sleeves this time?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
The wake up call came yesterday, in the form of a former Sony PR person’s Twitter tirade after being laid off. These tend to come in two different flavors: petty bickering that ultimately doesn’t amount to much, or a genuinely insightful look behind the scenes. In either case, good luck to the person doing all the talking; he’ll have a tough time finding any work after this public display.
Anyhow, the guy had a point: what is Sony thinking, getting rid of their internal PR, right before the holidays? Maybe they figured that they weren’t necessary since, let’s be honest, there are hardly any good games on the horizon. The only major holiday release I can think of is PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, their lame attempt at emulating Super Smash Bros. And that’s seriously it.
It’s hardly competition enough for Halo 4 on the Xbox 360, or Nintendo’s brand new console (which as reported earlier, is red hot popular at the moment). Well, they do have franchise titles like Assassin’s Creed 3, Far Cry 3, and Black Ops 2 on the way as well at least. Which are all guaranteed to run better on the 360, like always.
Oh, wait, there’s the redesigned PS3. Which according to new reports will be, aside from being far uglier, will also be more expensive than what we have today. Seriously. The president of Sony actually said that this was something consumers wanted. What the hell?
Again, its due to ego and stupidity. Sony’s video game empire is going down the toilet, and they have only themselves to blame (though watch them shift the blame to Apple’s iPhone like everyone else).